Getting Rid of Cold Sores

by April Reinhardt
(last updated September 5, 2008)


When I was a kid, I sometimes developed open sores on the inside of my mouth, most times on the inside of my lower lip. They were a nuisance, especially when I drank orange juice. Mom told me that it was a cold sore and was caused by my eating too many tomatoes, or drinking too much orange juice.

That certainly wasn't the case. The acid in the orange juice and tomatoes simply exacerbated the problem, since it was an open sore, and was not caused by ingesting acidic foods.

The same virus that causes chicken box (herpes simplex virus, or HSV) causes cold sores. Once contracted, HSV stays dormant in the body and may manifest itself in later years as shingles.

Here are some tips to get rid of cold sores faster, and to help lessen the associated pain they cause:

  • Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of warm water, and place the paste with a Q-Tip onto the sore. Don't eat or drink anything for at least an hour.
  • Use an over-the-counter topical anesthetic such as Orajel, Anbesol, or Chloraseptic Lozenges.
  • Although acidic juices may initially cause more pain, studies have proven that drinking lemonade, tomato juice, or orange juice can help get rid of cold sores more quickly.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash several times a day.
  • Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for cold sores that last more than 10 days.

Keep in mind that you cannot prevent getting a cold sore. They are caused by a viral infection, and they are contagious. They spread from person to person myriad ways; coughing, sneezing, kissing a person who has a cold sore, and by touching things that another person with a cold sore has touched. For example, if a baby is teething and has cold sores, which is quite common, and the baby uses your leather key chain to chew on, you can be infected the next time you touch your key chain and then touch your mouth. Some health professionals feel that trauma to the mouth can cause cold sores to develop, such as biting the inside of your cheek and developing cuts caused by braces. Cold sores can also develop because of stress and hormonal changes within the body.

If you have continued and frequent cold sore outbreaks, or if you suspect that you may have infected cold sores, seek professional help for treatment.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...


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What is five more than 0?

2015-04-10 22:01:00


the baking sota realy 1 stings and hurts.